How do glycolic chemical peels help refresh your skin?

Glycolic acid is a part of the Alpha-Hyroxy-Acid (AHA) group, which occurs naturally in foods. It has been used for hundreds of years as a way to refresh the skin and improve complexion by reducing fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing out blemishes and hyperpigmentatation (dark areas) due to sun damage or acne.

The peel works by removing the top-most layer of cells in the skin, called the stratum corneum. This means that fresh new cells are generated, and these replace the ones removed by the glycolic peel. Result? Fresh new cells to replace the old.

Can anyone have a glycolic peel?

People of any skin type and colour can have a 30% glycolic peel. Higher strengths than 30% are reserved for lighter skin types because there is always a slight risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation in people with coloured skin.

How long does it take to have the peel done?

It only takes about twenty minutes

What’s the down-time?

With a 30% glycolic peel most people do not experience any downtime. Some people experience a slight pinkness of their skin for a few days, but that’s unusual. Make-up and foundation can be worn.

When will I notice the difference?

You will start to see and feel the difference within two or three days after the peel.

How long do the effects of a chemical peel last?

Microscopical studies have shown that the effects of a chemical peel can last up to two years.

Can I go in the sun after a peel?

Exposure to UV should be avoided for two weeks after a glycolic peel by using a high factor UV protection, SPF factor 50 is recommended.


Dr Mark Aszkenasy

Dr. Mark Aszkenasy trained in London at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and qualified in 1982. He worked in the NHS for many years as a hospital doctor, and continues in the NHS part-time. After further training in Harley Street, London, he has been working in Aesthetic Medicine since 2009. He also works for the Independent Doctors Federation as an appraiser for other doctors in terms of their annual check for compliance with the requirements of the General Medical Council.

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